New York police are on the hunt for a brazen thief who attacked an elderly man in a wheelchair earlier this month and stole $250 from him.
The New York Police Department released surveillance footage of a nearly empty MTA bus driving through Staten Island at 9 p.m. on Aug. 13 on Sunday when the attack occurred.
It shows a man dressed in a black TLC t-shirt, black basketball shorts, socks and sandals standing directly behind the 64-year-old victim before reaching into the victim’s shirt pocket. man and send dollar bills flying.
The scammer then tries to collect as much money as possible when the bus stops at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Richmond Terrace, prompting the old man to stand up briefly and grab the thief’s arm.
But the thief then ran out of the bus and fled in an unknown direction, getting away with $250. Fortunately, according to the police, the victim was not injured during the altercation.
Police described the victim as being in his 20s, 5ft 7in tall and weighing around 160lbs. They also released surveillance footage of the thief at a Richmond Terrace convenience store, which clearly shows his face.
Authorities are now asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, or submit tips online at www.crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
Surveillance footage captured the moment a brazen thief robbed an elderly man in a wheelchair of $250 earlier this month
The thief could be seen diving into the shirt pocket of the 64-year-old victim on a nearly empty bus driving through Staten Island
In his attempt to rob the man, he sends to steal the victim’s money, leaving the suspect to resolve to pick up as much cash as he can.
At one point, the victim gets out of his wheelchair and grabs the suspect’s arm as he leaves the bus at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Richmond Terrace.
Police also released surveillance footage from a nearby store, clearly showing the suspect’s face. He was last seen wearing a black TLC t-shirt, black basketball shorts, socks and sandals
The brazen attack on a disabled old man comes after ruthless teenagers terrorize their elderly neighbors in a Bronx apartment by beating, robbing and bruising them.
Residents of 1294 and 1295 East 169th Street in the Morrisania neighborhood said they were afraid to leave their apartment building at night for fear that teenagers would harm them again.
In one of the attacks, the teenagers allegedly broke a stick from a nearby pole and used it to beat residents, including Miriam Cintron, 67, who said she had ‘not slept’ since .
“They came at us, they beat us,” Cintron exclusively told ABC 7 New York. “They broke the stick from the tree to hit us with the wood.
Another resident, Nydia Carrero, 63, said the teenagers ‘cut’ and ‘beat’ her, adding that they come back every night.
“They were kicking me in the side, kicking me in that side, kicking me in the back, trying to get my face,” she told ABC 7.
Carrero told the outlet that young people want to “hang around the halls, smoke pot and mess up the building.”
Another resident, Victor Gonzalez, said the teenagers threatened to “burn down the building”.
“It’s too bad…it’s ridiculous,” he told ABC 7.
Teenagers terrorize their elderly neighbors at 1294 and 1295 East 169th Street in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx (pictured)
For many residents, the 169th Street residence has been their home for decades and now it’s being stolen from bratty teenagers.
Progressive Management, which manages the building, said “any threat” to its residents was “unacceptable”.
“Our priority will continue to be keeping our tenants safe in their homes,” he said in a statement.
He reportedly “enhanced the security presence on site, is actively working with the NYPD to prevent any criminal trespassing that endangers residents or guests, and has requested additional police patrols in the immediate area.”
But crime in the Big Apple has only gotten worse over the past year as lawless criminals continue to run the streets.
Robberies in New York are up 39.5% from the same time last year, with overall crime up nearly 36%.
The only violent crime that is down in the city as a whole is murder, with just 265 deaths compared to 304 last year.
Rape and assault are also up at 8 and 19 percent, respectively.
MTA bus surveillance footage shows wild moment man assaults and robs man in wheelchair